Post by pawprintclaire on Aug 27, 2014 19:15:23 GMT
Saw some soap dishes and little corner shelves in the £1 knick-knacks section in Asda, thought I'd give them a go in the fishtank and the axolotls love to sit on them! The little soap dish is perfect for Crixus, he's still tiny, and for the adult axolotls the corner shelves are great. Some pebbles, shells and plants sit on them without weighing them down at all.
Any other cheap ideas for shelves, hides or ornaments in fish tanks? Would love to provide more hides for them but purpose-made ones can be ridiculously expensive!
Have you ever considered growing underwater plants in the tank with them?
I don't have a fish tank at the moment, but am hoping to get one this winter to set up an aquaponics system. Haven't had a fish tank for years haha! Like the idea with the soap dishes. I'd say an old half plant pot or partially buried plant pot on it's side might make a nice sheltered hideout for them, plus they can climb on top as well of course.
Post by pawprintclaire on Aug 28, 2014 8:50:51 GMT
smilesbetter They have a big log with live plants rooted to it - the pot idea is great thanks I'll try that, and might be able to root some plants from the log onto it too!
Sounds great, would love to see pictures when you have it all up and running! I want to have a fully planted tank for the axolotls, but biding my time until I have the space to set up temp tanks while setting it up. I have never done it before and don't yet fully understand how to so would love to see how yours goes if you end up making one.
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Post by pawprintclaire on Aug 28, 2014 20:45:55 GMT
Easy once you have everything prepared, and so much fun to watch!
I have a huge tub I use as a wormery in the shed, they all eat earthworms and I only have to buy a new batch once every 2-3 months at about £4 for 100 grams. They get a 20% clean every week and once per month I change the carbon & amo-chips in the filter. Temps have to be kept down so they always have a fan on them in summer. Also I have a water test kit I check them with every couple of weeks which cost about £25 but it lasts ages, over a year so far and still loads left.
They are all separated now though, as they tend to nip anything that moves so I would advise only getting one to start with...or just feed them so much they don't want to ever nip anything but then they'd be pretty obese, and messy...
Sorry for rambling. Basically once you figure out your maintenance routine it's cheap and straight-forward.
Brilliant! This is perfect for Mr. Icky, my Betta He likes to roost on top of the grass blades in his lil tank but has to do a bit of balancing flapping. I think he would be in heaven with this fish hammock and smartly priced, too A bit of gravel on top like you have and he would roost for hours. He likes to stay near the top to keep a beady eye on the house movements, so this would be like his sofa for house telly lol. Thanks again for the tip, pawprintclaire
I'll try to but I always have a deuce of a time keeping his tank from glaring with the flash. One of those modern luxury fails lol. I actually picked up a dish at the pound shop just letting it leech tonight to make sure there isn't anything to hurt him on it. I am with you though, and so excited to see him perched up there! Thanks again for the tip and will try to get a decent pic up
caz2golden: On walk today saw a dead branch hanging from a tree over a road. Probably been there a while but have not noticed before! Who do you report it too, tree would be owned by whoever has the field but the branch is over highway?
Sept 5, 2017 20:21:08 GMT
lotsofcats: I would report it to the local council's highway department.
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caz2golden: sick of poor weather
Sept 10, 2017 14:09:19 GMT
scallywag: chucking it down here
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caz2golden: Had the drizzle etc yesterday, today was windy which has blown a load of young Manx Shearwaters onto the beaches Dumped a load on the beach cleaner (think we were up to 10 birds) and then I found another so took that to a place of safety!
Sept 11, 2017 16:20:30 GMT
alfiemummy: I've been very lucky today - it chucked it down but only during my lunchtime!
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scallywag: That was when I got soaked thru thunder hail and lots of heavy rain , Beau was dragging me home LOL
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lotsofcats: We had very high winds during the night and I slept through it all but if Kobi had barked just once I would immediately be awake.
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caz2golden: We had the same here Lotsofcats, except I was awake for fair part of it. We had intermittent power cuts too. Felt sorry for the raw pet food delivery man the next morning who was probably coming across a lot of downed trees etc.
Sept 15, 2017 11:07:04 GMT
caz2golden: Frustrating here today, one moment looks lovely but before you have chance to go out it is overcast and drizzling again. Must find weather window for a dog walk!
Sept 15, 2017 11:08:13 GMT
scallywag: It was lovely and sunny here till 2pm then just as I was also getting ready to take Beau out it chucked it down and still is My washing did manage to get dried thou
Sept 15, 2017 14:41:31 GMT
caz2golden: Was ok here today. Dogs enjoyed zoomies session on grass at end of lead walk today, even Sophie tried to join in, making me have to run to encourage her to run too! Madness! Only sorry I could not video it.
Sept 18, 2017 22:17:57 GMT
scallywag: Me toooo would like to see you running about Caz
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caz2golden: Should have seen me today trying to keep Sophie on course on the beach! lol
Sept 19, 2017 20:00:24 GMT
caz2golden: Back to being drowned rat at work! Now home and warming up.
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scallywag: What about today Caz it looked to be very wet over there in the West , we have had sunshine here with a breeze , clouding over now but then we are due rain around 5pm onwards
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scallywag: Did you all get my PM ?
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